by Clint Kelly
The ancient Greek playwright Euripides, reknowned for his Greek tragedies portraying strong female characters, was likely a decent dad. He stated, “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.”
Entrepreneur and life coach Greg Wright, of Austin, Texas, updates the concept of this precious relationship in Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts. He says that before the age of 30, God gave him a lovely wife; four girls, or “beginner ladies”, and a succinct mission statement: “Don’t mess up.”
Ester Nicholson, teacher, author, and renowned vocalist who has worked with Bette Midler, Rod Stewart and Beyonce′, presents her new book, Soul Recovery – 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, on June 7. The book will be released by Agape Media International and Hay House, Inc. Soul Recovery, the process that Nicholson developed to heal herself of cocaine addiction, has guided thousands to their recovery and highest potential. This process unifies the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with metaphysical principles and practices.
The Griffith Park 5K Run & Walk, presented by Say No To Drugs, is slated for Saturday, July 13 with the starting gun sounding at 7:30 a.m. Race proceeds will benefit drug education and awareness programs.
The 20th annual running of the Village Runner 4th of July 5k kicks off at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 4. The 3.1 mile out-and-back course, mostly along the Esplanade, offers sublime views of the Pacific Ocean. The race, one of the state’s largest Independence Day runs, starts and finishes in front of the Village Runner on Catalina Avenue in Riviera Village.
A field of 2,500 to 3,000 runners, many of whom will be festively attired, are expected to participate in this year’s edition. Race day activities include a costume contest as well as a quarter mile Kids Dash. After the race, many participants and spectators will linger in Riviera Village to partake in the myriad bars and restaurants of the neighborhood.
For more information and to register for the race, call 310-375-2626 or visit VillageRunner.com. The race starts near 1811 Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach.
by Judith Fertig
An age-old question rides a new wave of bestseller lists, university research and governmental soul-searching. The answers to “What are the secrets of a happy life?" might surprise us.
“Happiness is the only true measure of personal success,” advises Geoffrey James, of Hollis, New Hampshire, author of How to Say It: Business to Business Selling. His work confirms that the rollercoaster world of business does not always promote a sense of well-being. James believes, “The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control.” For him, something as simple as a good night’s sleep contributes to personal happiness.
Each of us has certain things that help make us feel positive, and they often come in small moments, advises Ed Diener, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Illinois and author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. Based on 25 years of research into the subject, he’s a recognized expert in what he calls “subjective well-being.”
In his international bestseller, The Reconnection: Heal Yourself, Heal Others, Dr. Eric Pearl taught readers how to access and tap into a comprehensive spectrum of energy, light, and information previously inaccessible. For his recently published follow-up book, Solomon Speaks on Reconnecting Your Life, Pearl teams with both Frederick Ponzlov, a former chiropractic patient, and Solomon, an extra-dimensional intelligence whom Ponzlov would channel during their chiropractic sessions. While in an altered state of consciousness, Ponzlov began to utter life-changing information, illumination and wisdom on how to improve our lives.
Naturopathic medical doctor and founder of Docere Center for Natural Health, Dr. Sanaz Forghani has recently added Biopuncture, a breakthrough pain and inflammation management technique, to her repertoire. Pioneered by doctors in Belgium and Germany and recently featured on the Dr. Oz show, Biopuncture is based on several decades of clinical experience and research and is proving to be an effective natural relief for chronic pain.
Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that women now earn 82 percent as much as men, up from 64 percent in 1980. This latest figure represents median annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers, including self-employed, but not seasonal workers.
Progress has also been made in gender segregation within the labor market, with many previously male-dominated fields including law, banking, medicine and civil service jobs such as bus drivers and mail carriers opening up to women. In 2012, President Obama cited his signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as a second-term issue for addressing gender discrimination.
Colin and Karen Archipley, owners of Archi’s Acres, in Escondido, California, celebrate Memorial Day daily by helping combat vets return home to a fresh start doing meaningful work through their Veteran Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program. Established in 2007, they can now list 160 ongoing agribusinesses nationwide led by program graduates. “This instills confidence in the veterans as together, we tap into their abilities to adapt and overcome, to take on a challenge and to know themselves and seek improvement,” says Colin, who served with the Marine Corps.
This year, the couple is expanding the program by launching 10 one-acre certified-organic hydroponic greenhouses as incubators sparking future VSAT-graduate businesses.